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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

March 15, 2012 - 3:43 P.M.
Big backlash is building against Windows 8. Will Microsoft listen?

by Preston Gralla

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been out long enough for people to try and get used to its dual Metro/Desktop interface. But the longer it's out there, the less people like it, and there's a backlash against the dual system from people ranging from normal users to engineers. Will Microsoft listen and fix the hybrid operating system?

Ex-Microsoft program manager Mike Bibik launched a broadside against the new operating system because of how difficult it is to use with a keyboard and mouse. He launched a site fixingwindows8.com to air his complaints. (Note: When I tried visiting the site today, it displayed only blank pages.) Among other complaints he has is this accurate one:

"Windows 8 just dumps you into the Start screen. No tutorial, no help icon on the main screen, nothing. This will be fixed by launch or Windows 8 will fail."

Bibik is on target. Most people who use Windows 8 on traditional computers rather than tablets will spend their time in the Desktop because that's where the apps they most use are, notably Microsoft Office, which won't run as a Metro app. Yet the Windows 8 Desktop is less useful than in previous versions because the Start menu and Start button have been taken away.

Details about at: http://blogs.compute...icrosoft_listen